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Cubs Continue to Argue Against the Designated Hitter

Not to be outdone by Travis Wood the other day, Jake Arrieta wanted in on the home run party: Your browser does not support iframes. While we don’t expect the pitchers to go yard every other at-bat, this is still cool to see. Eventually the National League will likely get the designated hitter, but the Chicago Cubs staff will make it a tougher decision. This is fun…when they...
Via World Series Dreaming
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Arrieta goes 4 shutout innings, homers as Cubs rout Rockies

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Jake Arrieta pitched four shutout innings and also homered, doubled and drove in four runs as the split-squad Chicago Cubs routed the Colorado Rockies 18-4 Saturday. Cubs rookie Kris Bryant had four hits, raising his spring average to .459. The Cubs scored seven times in the first inning, helped by four plays that Colorado botched and Arrieta's three-run homer....
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Jake Arrieta’s Mechanics: Learning from the Past

When we took a look at Jake Arrieta‘s multi-faceted slider on Wednesday, the pitcher gave credit to ‘old-timers’ for the idea to use his legs to deaden the pitch. It turns out, there’s more old school in his mechanics than just a dragging back leg on a slow slider. It’s not like Arrieta opened with […]
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Jake Arrieta’s One-Grip Multi-Slider

It has one grip, and one sign, but Jake Arrieta‘s slider has many shapes. Ask him if it’s a slider or a cutter, and he says it’s both, and more. As much as anything was the secret to his breakout last year, the slider — in its many forms — might be the best answer. […]
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #86: Jake Arrieta | SP | CHC

The fifth time’s the charm, right? It certainly was for Jake Arrieta, who finally delivered on his considerable potential in his fifth MLB season. Breakouts like Arrieta’s serve as a necessary reminder that sometimes and old prospect can learn new tricks. For Arrieta, these tricks included two things above all else: Improved command Improved slider Let’s talk about his command...
Via Baseball Professor
February 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Best moments of 2014

As we turn our calendars to a new year, the Chicago Cubs are ready to make some noise in the National League. This year could bring huge things for Cubs fans as the club looks ready to compete for the first time since 2008. With so much optimism surrounding this team, it is only fitting that we look back on some of the best moments of 2014 for the North Siders. The emergence of Jake...
January 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Playoff picture will be influenced by Cubs

Chicago Cubs After today’s 2-1 victory over the first-place Baltimore Orioles, the Chicago Cubs were able to complete the sweep against a team that had only been swept one time all season long. This series was the second consecutive series against a team that is in contention for a playoff spot, a theme that will be familiar from here on out. The remainder of the Cubs schedule...
August 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Is Jake Arrieta the new ace?

.163 is the batting average opponents have had against Jake Arrieta since the trade of Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. This is the type of stat that many thought Arrieta would be able to put up year in and year out. Once a top prospect in the Baltimore Orioles organization, Arrieta never could find his groove with the Orioles. In 69 career games pitched (63 starts), Arrieta posted...
August 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Get To Know Him - Jake Arrieta

Jake Arrieta is currently pitching in his 5th MLB season and before this season has never been successful. There was not much hype surrounding Arrieta coming into the league, as he was originally drafted in the 31st round by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2004 but decided to attend Texas Christian University. In 2007 Arrieta entered the draft again and was taken in the 5th round by the...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

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